Bombino is not your typical rock star -- sporting traditional clothing from his native Ifoghas tribe, the Tuareg guitarist tells the story of his people with powerful songs of political uprising and freedom. He has faced a number of political struggles throughout his career, but Bombino never fails to keep the positive vibes flowing at his live shows, promoting peace and unity with his uplifting hits and incredible guitar skills. Whether he's shredding out a lick on his electric or celebrating the spirit of his people, Bombino is sure to deliver one electrifying performance after another on his upcoming tour dates.
In 1990, Omara "Bombino" Moctar and his family fled to Algeria to escape the turmoil in Niger during the height of the Tuareg Rebellion. Finding comfort in music, Bombino taught himself guitar at age ten, often imitating traditional ishumar songs of rebellion. Influenced by Jimi Hendrix, he decided to pursue music full time in 1997, but was forced to live in exile after a government-wide guitar ban was placed on his tribe. While in hiding, he recorded his debut album Agadez, which was released in 2011 and peaked at No. 1 on the iTunes World Chart. The album's success attracted the attention of The Black Keys' frontman Dan Auerbach, who produced Bombino's 2013 album Nomad, another No. 1 hit on both the iTunes World and Billboard World charts. Since then, Bombino has performed at a number of festivals and shared bills with acts like Robert Plant and Gogol Bordello. He will return to the stage once again for a highly anticipated upcoming world tour.